approaches to digital discourse analysis, adda5

Call for papers ADDA 5 (Approaches to Digital Discourse Analysis 5)

The Editors
Culture Studies Department Tilburg University
Friday, January 10, 2025 - 00:00

Where? MindLabs, Tilburg, Netherlands, May 21-23, 2025

Submission panel proposal deadline: September 15, 2024 

Abstract paper (individual presentation (oral or poster), Work-in-progress talks)  registration deadline: January 10, 2025

Submission link 


Practical information ADDA 5: Approaches to Digital Discourse Analysis 5

Panel and paper proposals are invited for ADDA 5, to be held in Tilburg, The Netherlands 21-23 May 2025. Following successful editions in Valencia (2015), Turku (2017), Florida (2021) and Klagenfurt (2023), ADDA 5 will be organized by Tilburg University’s Department of Culture Studies in MindLabs, a digital knowledge hub in the city center.  

The ADDA 5 conference theme is discourse and digital infrastructures. If the rise of ChatGPT and other AI tech underscores anything, it's the imperative to analyze discourse through its material dimensions of platformed interfaces, cultures, ideologies, and - of course - algorithms. ADDA 5 aims to unite scholars interested in the social production of meaning across digital platforms and attention economies. How do ongoing processes of platformization and appification enable, shape, reimagine and constrain digital discourse infrastructurally? How do digital infrastructures across the globe impact the production, dissemination, and consumption of discourse? How do such infrastructures render people and ideas (in)visible? ADDA 5 will offer a platform for scholars to present cutting-edge research on the infrastructure/agency nexus and critically engage with the materiality and sociopolitical dimensions of digital discourse.  

The convenors are proud to announce the following keynote speakers: 

  • Alexandra Georgakopoulou, King’s College London, Great Britain 
  • Taina Bucher, University of Oslo, Norway 
  • Britta Schneider, Viadrina European University, Germany 
  • Payal Arora, Utrecht University, the Netherlands 

Conference topics: digital infrastructures and digital discourse, conflict dynamics, attention economies, ideology and digital discourse, directive power of digital infrastructures, algorithmic power, fake news, influencer culture, digital discourse & politics, platformed interaction, digital propaganda, digital commodification, nationalism, provincialism, parochialism, (uses of) digital heritage, AI resistance and uptake, genre stretching and bending, transcontextual analysis online, and any other relevant topics related to digital discourse analysis.

Submission guidelines 

ADDA5 invites panel proposals, individual presentations (oral or poster) and work-in-progress talks. To submit an individual presentation or work-in-progress talk, please use the EasyChair submission url.

Panels (deadline: September 15, 2024)

Panels should address a common theme, concept or methodological dimension related to the conference theme or one of the conference topics. Panel slots are 90 minutes and include 3 individual presentations. We can accommodate panels up to three slots (so 9 individual presentations).  

Panel proposals should include the following:

  1. title of the panel 
  2. name(s) of panel organizer(s), including institutional affiliations and email addresses 
  3. 200 word summary, or overview, of the panel (rationale and objectives) 

Once a panel is accepted, each panel participant should submit the abstract for their individual paper to the submission page no later than January 10, 2025. Please be sure to check the panel name. 


Abstract submissions should include the following information:

  1. abstract title, author names, and affiliations of the presenting author(s)     
  2. email address for the corresponding author

Individual presentations (oral or poster) (deadline: January 10, 2025)

Individual presentations (20 minutes + Q&A) are part of themed sessions (methodology, concepts, fields). Poster presentations are more informal formats where the researcher talks the audience through their research (as visualized on a poster). Proposals for individual papers (no more than 250 words) must indicate a preference for an oral or poster presentation by selecting the appropriate option in the EasyChair submission form. Poster presenters must be present to discuss their work during the dedicated session. Each participant can only be a presenting author once at the conference for either a paper or a poster. So you can be an author on multiple papers, but you will not be accepted to present more than once. 

Work-in-progress talks (deadline: January 10, 2025)

Proposals for work-in-progress talks or sandbox sessions are invited, where participants can test and discuss emerging ideas, analytical techniques, or preliminary findings. These sessions offer an interactive, informal format with 15-minute presentations followed by 15 minutes of discussion. When submitting your proposal (up to 250 words) via EasyChair, please select the appropriate box if your proposal falls into this category.

All proposals, except panel proposals — which should be submitted via easychair before September 15, 2024 —, will undergo a double-blind peer-review process, based on the following criteria:

  • topical relevance and originality 
  • clarity of argumentation 
  • structural organization of the submission 
  • theoretical and methodological precision 
  • for panels: coherence of the proposal  

Decisions about acceptance/rejection will be communicated by early 2025. Following formal acceptance, the responsible (presenting) authors must register participation.  

We look forward to welcoming you to Tilburg!